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out a variety of evaluation studies con-
cerning the most efficient forms of deliv-
ery and how best to integrate the models
with the learning package.
hile working on the Cistercians in
Yorkshire project one fact has been
highlighted on many occasions that the
accuracy (and subsequent academic value)
of the reconstructions is entirely depend-
ent on the quality of the source materials
available.These VR models have the
potential to generate a level of detail that is
rarely available in the drawings or plans of
the site, and there is a tendency for these
visual representations to be accepted by the
users as completely accurate when in fact
there are limits to our historical under-
standing of the site. All of our models are
reconstructed from existing site plans, pho-
togrammetric surveys, early photographs
and from the surviving fabric. Although we
can reconstruct much of the fabric of the
building from the fragments that remain,
there are sections for which there is no
surviving evidence. In these cases the
architectural consultant formulates a
reconstruction to show the most likely
appearance of the building based on analo-
gy with other more complete sites. In
order to make the degree of hypothetical
reconstruction involved explicit at all stages
of the project cycle, it is necessary to pro-
vide a clear distinction between all the
original and restored areas of the structure.
In order not to distract from the overall
coherence of the models we have decided
Summary of the stages involved in the reconstruction process: a section from the transepts at Roche abbey; the recording of the section using photogram-
metry; the 2D elevation drawings of the section; the 3D wireframe reconstruction of the section; and the 3D solid reconstruction of the section.
Wire frame renderings of the interior of Roche Abbey
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